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Business Shoot with Rowan of ‘Green and Grounded’ flower and plant palace, Sale

As a fairly recent, but absolutely beautiful, addition to Sale’s Stanley Square, I was really excited to get the chance to come into “Green and Grounded’ plant and flower shop (or ‘plant palace’ to give it it’s true title!) to grab some pictures this month.

Owners (and married couple) Rowan and Matt already had a super popular premises in Altrincham on Stamford New Road, but took the opportunity to bring their gorgeous plants and specialist knowledge to the rapidly changing and growing Stanley Square with a second shop in November. Exterior of flower and plant shop

I absolutely loved photographing the plants and flowers in the shop and while snapping away got the chance to hear just how knowledgeable they are about their plants, as they gave some really helpful advice and recommendations to curious customers who popped in.

Florists working in shop arranging flowers

Along with their work for walk in and online customers, Green and Grounded also offer workshop evenings and corporate orders..they were putting together an order for a corporate event whilst I was in the shop, aided by another member of their team and their lovely little blind French bulldog, Eric, sitting quietly behind the till sniffing the flowers! With the new addition of stunning fresh flowers to the shop and shelves filled with greenery, it really is a little oasis to visit,

Rowan was kind enough to answer a few of my questions so you can read a little bit more about her and ‘Green and Grounded’.

Your name

Rowan Hammond

Your Business Name

Green and Grounded

Florists working in shop

What do you do?

We provide house plants in all shapes and sizes for everyone, which we sell alongside all the accessories for successful plant parenthood. We also offer a floral design service for all aspects of life, be it a huge celebration or a token of appreciation.

How are you different?!

We. are a one stop shop for all your house plant and flower needs, in a modern, bright space.

Man working in plant shop

What three words would you use to describe your business?

Green,

Modern,

Diverse.

How do your days look?

Everyday is completely unique, but will typically involve: Watering and maintaining our fresh plant products Completing plant requests and orders for clients both locally and nationally Creating quotes for wedding clients, corporate clients and interior requests Designing beautiful seasonal blooms for walk in customers Giving friendly plant advise in store and via our socials

Plant display in shop window

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Definitely  the face to face interaction with all our customers, many of which have become great friends.

How did you come up with the name for your company?

We had rather a lot of time to think of one during lockdown! It just seemed like the right fit for what we were trying to achieve

Green and Grounded plant shop sign

 

How many employees do you have?

We employ 2 brilliant team members, plus myself and Matt

What made you choose your company’s location?

We’ve lived locally for over 10 years now, so know the area really well; it’s been exciting seeing the changes to the Square and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to get involved.

Terrariums in Green and Grounded Plan shop

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? (Business or otherwise!)

Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s not worth the time

What are you most grateful for?

Being in charge of our own destiny

Florists working in shop

Where do you find inspiration?

All over the place! Foreign travel would probably be at the top of the list, but really it comes from some pretty random places too!

What do you do for fun?

We love meeting up with our friends for food and a good laugh – but we do work a lot!

Plant leaves close up

Hopes for the future?

To be able to hand more over to our staff so we can grow the business more, but also to be able to step back a little too! An oxymoron I know!

French bull dog with one eye being held by woman

Thanks so much to Rowan and her  team for letting me hang out in your beautiful shop and answering my questions! It was great to meet you all (and Eric too!).

Be sure to pop into Green and Grounded if you are in Sale or if you can’t make it into the shop they are always open online. Or check out what they have been up to on Instagram or Facebook


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